IMI Europe announces new ownership and plans for the future

Cambridge, UK, 2nd December 2015: IMI Europe Ltd, the leading inkjet conference and course provider, announces management and ownership changes for 2016.

After 17 years of running successful inkjet conferences and courses, Mr Mike Willis will step down as Managing Director of IMI Europe and sell a majority share of the company in a transaction that will close on 31st December 2015. Mr Willis will become Chairman with an advisory role in the company and retain a minority stake in IMI Europe.

Mike Willis comments: “after many years of running IMI Europe as well as my consultancy company Pivotal Resources, it is time for me to take a less active role in running conferences and have some more time to myself. We intend to continue to grow and develop the company but it is time for someone younger to take over the main activities.”

Dr Tim Phillips, formerly of Xennia Technology and Sensient, will take over as Managing Director and majority owner of IMI Europe.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for me,” adds Tim Phillips, “and I am very pleased to take on the challenge as I have had the ambition to own and run a company for many years. IMI Europe is an excellent business which I believe will benefit from the new ideas and energy which I bring. We have already launched one new event, the Inkjet Ink Development Conference in Lausanne, April 2016 and will announce further plans for growth in the future.”

Dr Phillips is also launching Catenary Solutions Limited, a technology marketing consultancy, offering expertise in commercialising technology products, drawing from 24 years of experience of business development and marketing roles in global technology companies.

From left to right: Dr Tim Phillips & Mr Mike Willis

From left to right: Dr Tim Phillips & Mr Mike Willis

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About IMI Europe
IMI Europe Limited is the leader in providing strategic and technical overviews of the inkjet printing industry, developing and organising digital printing conferences and courses in Europe and Asia. Our sister company IMI Inc. organises similar events in the USA. Our experience dates from the beginnings of inkjet’s commercialisation in the 1980s, and we were early to recognise and promote the growth of industrial inkjet applications since 2000. For more information see

About Catenary Solutions
Catenary Solutions Limited specialises in connecting technologies and markets to give a successful and profitable outcome. Combining deep technical knowledge with sound strategic marketing perspective and passion, Catenary Solutions works with companies to deliver added value in technology product commercialisation. For more information see

About Pivotal Resources
Pivotal Resources operate at the forefront of inkjet technology, working for vendors and users worldwide. We assist in defining and reviewing product strategies, support the development of new products and processes, and help our clients gain market position. Our clients include many familiar names. Among our services and activities are Directions, our inkjet patent review service and the Inkjet Academy course.      

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